Financial evidence & other supporting documents
As part of your visa application, you must provide your passport and visa / Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and you may also be required to include other evidence to support your application*. Listed below is the evidence that you may be required to provide, with information about each.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
If you are already studying at Durham and need to apply for a visa to complete your current programme or transfer to a new one, you should request your CAS online as early as possible before you apply for your visa.
If you are coming to study at Durham for the first time or you are a current student applying for a new programme your CAS will be issued automatically by the relevant admissions office for your programme.
Financial evidence: Bank statements & required funds
Your visa application requires you to confirm that you have enough money while you are in the UK and cover any course fees you have not yet paid. This page explains how much and what evidence you may need to provide.
How much money do I need?
If you are a new student at Durham or you are continuing your study here, your visa application requires you to show that you have enough money to pay for accomodation and living costs (maintenance) for each month of your course or remaining study (up to a maximum of 9 months), plus any course fees outstanding (for the current year of study).
The table below shows you how much you will need to have:
|Length of course / Study remaining||Maintenance required||Plus course fees required||Plus maintenance for each dependant (if applicable)|
|9 months or longer||£1015 per month x 9 (maximum) = £9135|| |
Fees for first / current year* of course not yet paid
£680 per month x 9 (maximum) =£6120
|Less than 9 months||£1015 per month x number of months remaining until course ends|| |
Fees for first / current year* of course not yet paid
*Current year starts in August
£680 per month x number of months until date course ends + 4 additional months
Money already paid to the University
If you have paid any money to the University for course fees this will be shown on your CAS.
- You can deduct these payments from the total amount required
If you have paid money to the University for accommodation this will also be shown on your CAS.
- You can deduct this amount (up to a maximum of £1265) from the total amount of maintenance required.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)
If you are applying for the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme, you and any dependants will qualify for a reduced rate of maintenance:
|Length of visa||Maintenance required||Plus maintenance for each dependant (if applicable)|
|12 months|| |
£1015 per month x 2 months (maximum) = £2030
£680 per month x 2 months (maximum) = £1360
What evidence do I need to provide?
You can show evidence of your money in the following ways:
Personal UK bank statement or a letter from a regulated financial institution
- The account must be in your name
- Current and Savings accounts can be used but other types of accounts are not usually accepted - see Tier 4 Policy Guidance for details
- The statement should be original^ (not a copy) and must show your bank's name and logo, your name and account number
- The statement must show that the required amount has been held for a minimum of 28 consecutive days
- The closing balance must be dated before the date you apply online, but not more than 31 days.
^You can provide a bank statement printed from a PDF document from your online account if it is in the same format that you would receive in the post. If you print a statement online and it has an internet address appearing on it, then it must also be stamped by the bank on every page.
- You can choose to provide a letter from your bank which confirms all of the above and specifically, that you have held that required funds for at least 28 days.
Personal bank account statement from a non-UK account
While not recommended, If you do not have a UK bank account you can use a bank account held in your home country. If the money in the account is not in British Pounds (GBP), you should convert the closing balance on your statement into GBP using the official conversion website (OANDA). Print the web page and write the converted closing balance in GBP on your statement.
'Certificate of Deposit' from a bank account outside the UK
Although not recommended, if you intend to use a Certificate of Deposit to show that you have held the required funds for 28 days the certificate must meet the following requirements:
- The certificate of deposit must have been issued no more than 31 days before the date you pay for and submit your visa application; and
- There must be at leat 28 days between the date of the deposit and the date the certificate of deposit is issued; and
- The certificate of deposit must show that you have held the required funds for at least 28 consecutive days
Using a parent's or legal guardian's bank account
You can use a bank account in your parents' or guardian's name or names, and if you need to do this you must provide their original bank statements as described in the points listed above. In addition, you must provide:
- Your original birth certificate* (or official copy) showing the name of your parent(s)* and their relationship to you
- An original letter (not a copy) from your parent(s)*, signed by them, confirming that they support you financially
*If you are adopted, you should provide an original Certificate of Adoption (or official copy) showing your name and the name of your adopted parent(s).
*If you have a legal guardian(s), you should provide an original court document (or official copy) which shows your name and the name of your legal guardian(s).
For more detailed information on what you should provide, read the information information on the UKCISA website
Your family (Dependants)
Your dependants can either provide a statement from a bank account in their own name showing the required amount (see above), or you can show it in your bank statement in addition to the money you are required to show. Your dependants' maintenance should be shown in exactly the same way as your own.
More information can be found on the UKCISA web pages.
Financial evidence: Government sponsored students
If you receive financial support towards your course fees and / or maintenance (living costs) from an 'official financial sponsor' you must provide an original letter from them confirming how much they are paying to support you in the UK.
An official financial sponsor is usually your own country's government, an international company (or employer) or university. It is essential that your sponsor meets UKVI criteria and that the original letter is exactly as stated in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
Further information is also available from the UKCISA website.
Qualifications: Certificates & transcripts
If you are starting a new programme at Durham University, you are required to provide the original final certificate(s) or transcript(s) of the qualifications* that you used to apply. These qualifications will be listed on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) when it is issued to you.
Details of acceptable final certificates and transcripts are available in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
*Please note: If you are applying through UCAS and you previously studied in the UK, your qualifications can be verified online and no certificate or transcript is required
If your original certificate(s) or transcript(s) is not in English then you must provide an official translation.
If you are extending your visa to continue or complete the same programme, you do not have to provide any original certificates or transcripts
Translations of documents not in English
If your original certificate (or transcript) is not in English then this must be translated and fully certified by a professional translator.
The translation must include all of the following:
- Details of the translator / translation company’s credentials
- Confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The translator / translation company’s contact details
The translator's name, original signature and date of translation
Applications in the UK
If you are applying for a visa in the UK, the translation companies below may be able to help and have confirmed that they provide translations that meet UKVI requirements for official translations*:
Dr. Binghan Zheng
- Based in Elvet Riverside, Durham University
- Email copy of documents to email above
- Translation of one degree certificate: £30
- Normally available within 2 working days
- Translation of transcripts (if required) will be based on cost of translating time, and will be charged case by case
Eldon Bureau Company Ltd
- Based in Newcastle city centre
- Phone: (0191) 2323623
- Charges depend on the word count, but are around £48 for the translation of two certificates. Payment can only be made by cash or by cheque.
1st Transnational Translations
- Based in Newcastle city centre
- Phone: 0191 203 7777
*Please note that Durham University is unable to accept any responsibility for any problems arising from using the translator.
When you apply to study at Durham University you will be asked to provide a number of documents including evidence that you meet the required level of English language competence to study on your chosen programme.
UKVI approved English language tests and providers
Demonstrating that you meet the required level for your chosen programme and also the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) minimum English language requirement (level B2 in the CEFR scale in all four components) usually means passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT).
If you take a SELT on or after 6th April 2015, the test and test centre should be listed on the UKVI list of Approved Secure English Language Test and Test Centres.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions below for further help.
Supporting evidence for visa applications
If you have met the entry requirements for your chosen programme and have been made an unconditional offer,your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will state the SELT certificate you used in your application to study at Durham University.
As part of your Tier 4 visa application:
- You must provide the original SELT certificate stated on your CAS
If your evidence of English language is accepted by the University, it will be acceptable for your Tier 4 visa application.
Please note: If you used different evidence of your English language ability when you applied to Durham University, you may not have to provide the evidence as part of your visa application. Any evidence you do need to provide will be confirmed on your CAS.
You do not need to provide evidence of your English language ability if you are a national of a majority English speaking country or you have recently completed a qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor's Degree, taught in a majority English Speaking country. This will be confirmed on your CAS and you may not have to provide further evidence (only of your previous study, if stated on your CAS).
Pre-sessional English Language students
If you have an unconditional offer for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes and a conditional offer for your main degree programme, your CAS will state the qualification you provided to demonstrate that you meet the UKVI minimum English language requirement (level B1 in the CEFR scale in all four components) for this type of programme.
You must provide evidence of the English language qualification listed on your CAS as part of your Tier 4 visa application.
Q: Can I use a UKVI non-approved test to apply for a pre-sessional programme?
A: No. UKVI do not allow Universities to undertake self-assessment on programmes below degree level, therefore this is not possible.
Q. When booking an IELTS test at a UKVI approved test centre, which type of test should I choose?
A. When booking your IELTS test at a UKVI approved test centre, you should choose 'IELTS for UKVI' if given the option to do so.
Q: I’ve been accepted on a pre-sessional programme but I’ve got an IELTS retake scheduled at a non-approved test centre. Can I use this to shorten the length of my pre-sessional programme?
A: This is a decision for your academic department to make as they will need to decide if the new IELTS score justifies a reduction in the length of your pre-sessional programme on academic grounds. The decision is not related to the type of SELT you may hold.
Q: I have recently retaken my IELTS at a non-approved test centre and can’t use it for pre-sessional entry. However, I do have an older IELTS certificate, can I use that instead?
A: No. UKVI do not allow Universities to accept a SELT certificate from a non-approved test centre for programmes below degree level, therefore this is not possible.
Q: I am doing the 4 week pre-sessional programme. Can I have a single CAS to cover this and my main programme?
A: Yes, some postgraduate applicants may be eligible to receive an offer for an integrated degree programme which begins with Durham Academic Literacy Induction (DALI).
At present it is not possible to offer an integrated degree programme with DALI to undergraduate applicants.
When you fulfill all the non-English language conditions of your offer, depending on the results of your English language qualifications, you may become eligible for an integrated degree programme. If this is the case, you could receive one CAS and you will only need to make one Tier 4 visa application for the full duration of the integrated degree programme which will begin with DALI. If you are eligible for an integrated offer and CAS, your Academic Department will advise you of this.
Q: Which test centres are offering UKVI approved IELTS?
You must provide two new UK passport sized* photos with your application.
The photos should have been taken very recently in the UK and you should not use any photos which you have used previously on a passport, visa, Police registration or for any other purpose.
Carefully follow the instructions on any photo machine in the city and this should guarantee the correct size and specification.
*must be 'UK passport' sized photos. 'Visa' sized photos obtained in photo machines will not be the correct size.
Write your name (in English) on the back and place the photo in an envelope.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance
Your CAS will tell you if you need to have clearance from ATAS, though it usually applies to postgraduate students studying certain science, engineering or technology subjects.
If you do need ATAS clearance, apply online as soon as possible and allow at least 6 weeks for them to email you your certificate.
Once received, you should print the certificate and send with your other supporting documents.
Doctorate Extension Scheme applicants
If you required ATAS clearance to study on your current programme, while ATAS clearance is not required for the time you spend on the DES, you may be required to apply for a new ATAS certificate if:
"...you are currently studying a course (or period of research) that requires an ATAS Clearance Certificate, and your course end date given on the CAS is postponed for a period of more than 3 calendar months, you must apply for a new ATAS Clearance Certificate to cover the rest of your time on that course." (Tier 4 Policy Guidance)
Therefore, you will need to apply for an ATAS Clearance Certificate if the end date stated on your DES CAS is more than 3 months after the end date that was stated on the CAS you used for your Tier 4 Student visa.
If your current visa states that you are required to register with the Police, you should already have a Police Registration Certificate and you must provide this with your other support documents.
If this applies to you, your certificate must be up to date and show the address where you will be living when you apply for your visa.
*Differentiation arrangements for applicants from certain countries
If you are from one of the countries below (listed in the Immigration Rules) you are only required to provide mandatory documents as part of your application, either in or outside the UK. You may not be required to provide other supporting documents such as financial evidence, qualifications or English language, however you are still required to meet all the requirements, including having sufficient money in your account.
Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, British National (Overseas), Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan (those who hold a passport issued by Taiwan that includes the number of the identification card issued by the competent authority in Taiwan), Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.